U.S. COAST GUARD 211 YEARS OLD, 1,900 MEMBERS IN PACIFIC

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HONOLULU, Hawai‘i (August 5, 2001 – PIDP/CPIS)---The U.S. Coast Guard celebrated its 211th birthday Saturday.

In the Hawaiian Islands, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and other parts of the Pacific, more than 1,900 Coast Guard men and women currently are on duty.

So far this year in Hawai‘i, the Coast Guard has saved 47 lives, assisted 223 people in distress, and saved more than $2 million in property.

The Coast Guard was established August 4, 1790 primarily to collect import taxes.

Now its duties include rescuing those in distress at sea, recovering spilled oil, marking channels and stopping illegal drug and migrant smuggling.

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